Sep 6, 2016

Run to You by Rachel Lacey Review

Run to You
Risking It All #1
By: Rachel Lacey
Releasing August 30, 2016


Moments after meeting the most gorgeous guy ever, Gabby Winters promptly gets stung by a zillion yellow jackets and falls-not gracefully-into a stream. Yup, Ethan Hunter is trouble with a capital "hot," and Gabby definitely needs to keep her distance. Except in the small town of Haven, there's nowhere to hide from Ethan's sexy, infectious grin . . . and all the residents are conspiring against her.

At the center of the town's matchmaking is Ethan's grandmother, who's convinced their relationship is a done deal. Rather than break her heart, Gabby and Ethan find themselves cornered into pretending to be falling in love. The problem: there's serious sizzling attraction between them. And if this charade continues, they won't fool just the entire town - they might fool themselves too . . .

Ethan Hunter is a twice gold medalist and is about to start a sports adventure business with his best friends, so you would think Ethan is on top of the world, well you would be wrong. After finding out that the person who saved him is going to die…his GrandmotherDixie; he is willing to do anything to make her happy, even if that means entering into a fake relationship from a women who doesn't want a relationship.

Gabby Winters is a survivor, even if she doesn't see it herself. Gabby left an awful and abusive relationship and fled to her parents…whom with best intentions, tried to control her life in the most stifling way. Finally Gabby has had enough and finally gives herself freedom in escaping to the small town of Haven for the summer…only to be rescued by Ethan when she got stung what fills like a zillion yellowjackets. But that doesn't stop Gabby's reaction to Ethan, even if her head tell her not to.

So Gabby and Ethan enter into this "fake relationship" that feels very much like the real thing, but what will happen to both of them when the time comes…

I was gripped by this book from the first yellowjacket sting to the very end. Run to You is truly a love story, but it doesn't stop just there, it's also about life, death, finally standing up for yourself and being free of the past. The writing in this book is fresh and smooth; the plot is new and fresh.

 Oh the characters! I absolutely love all of the characters in Haven NC!! Gabby's character is sweet and soft, even when she is trying to be strong and feels like she is burning alive with those bazillion yellowjacket stings, she still shows her softness. Ethan comes off as a happy-go-lucky character, even though he has suffered such pain and loss, and you can't help but love him. But I have to say that I cannot wait for Ethan's partners and best friends, Mark Dalton and Ryan Blake books and I want to know what their histories are with the women of Haven.

I give kudos to the author for such a wonderfully well written and enjoyable book, which is why I give Run to You 5 well deserved stars!

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“I’m glad you brought me out here.” Gabby stepped over a tree root, lifting her skirt with her free hand so that she didn’t trip.

Ethan squeezed her left hand. “Me, too. The rock face is right up this way.”

They came around a corner and the path opened up to a big rock looming at least thirty feet into the air. There were some creases and cracks in it, but how anyone could scale it with only their bare hands—or why they would want to—was completely beyond her. “You can seriously climb that?”

“I can climb it. Ryan can kick its ass, though.”

“Okay then. Show me.”

With a cocky grin, he reached up and hooked his hand into a crack in the rock. He pulled himself up, his biceps flexing most impressively as he climbed. Holy shit, that was sexy. Soon she was left with nothing but a view of his very fine ass. And by the time he’d reached the top, she was so turned on, she could hardly stand it.

“So?” he called from the top. “You going to join me or what?”

“Not a chance. But I will enjoy watching you climb back down.”

“Gotta give the lady what she wants.” His fine ass reappeared over the edge as he started back down. He took his time on the descent, and if she wasn’t mistaken, he might have reached for a few hand and footholds that made him flex his muscles a little more than was strictly necessary.

“You’re a show-off,” she said when his feet were back on solid ground.

He was a bit out of breath, his bronzed skin glistening with sweat, trademark smile still in place. “No clue what you’re talking about.”

“No? You really needed to reach all the way to that notch?” She gestured above them. “Instead of the one closer to your shoulder that maybe wouldn’t have shown off your lovely biceps quite as well?”

He flexed for her. “What, these old things? And for the record, I totally needed the leverage.”

“Mm-hmm.” For some reason, she put her hand on his biceps, and oh crap, that was a mistake. His skin was hot beneath her fingers, and his blue eyes blazed into hers.

“Killing me, Gabby,” he murmured. “Killing me.”

His words sent a bolt of red-hot desire right through her, and she must have made a sound because Ethan sucked in a breath, his gaze locked on her lips. His hands settled on her hips, burning into her skin through the thin fabric of her skirt.

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Rachel Lacey is a contemporary romance author and semi-reformed travel junkie. She's been climbed by a monkey on a mountain in Japan, gone scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef, and camped out overnight in New York City for a chance to be an extra in a movie. These days, the majority of her adventures take place on the pages of the books she writes. She lives in warm and sunny North Carolina with her husband, son, and a variety of rescue pets.

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